App description: "Monkey Labour is a lovingly crafted riff on Nintendos Game & Watch handhelds, but with its own unique gameplay." --

* Hours of endless fun!
* Try pressing your finger on the LCD screen!
* Retro handheld device revival!
* Immersive attention to details!
* Compare your scores on Game Center!
* Unique set of achievements!

"Perfect recreation of a 1980s Game & Watch device. Great attention paid to authentic details. ... Dawn of Play remembers those early handheld games, and pays proper homage with Monkey Labour. ... Our thanks to Dawn of Play for the trip down memory lane, since Monkey Labour is clearly a labor of love."
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Mobot the robot is expected to mindlessly labor at his job deep inside the bowels of a corporate production facility while his monkey boss vents frustration by throwing obstacles Mobot's way.

Help Mobot stick it back to the system while avoiding being replaced by a cheaper model in this deliciously retro 80s style electronic handheld game rehash.


"Gamers who remember the Long Long Ago will get a kick out of todays leading Fresh Game, Monkey Labour. ... For a casual game with some very old-school handheld ideas behind it, but with modern additions like achievements and online leaderboards, look no further."
- Appolicious

"... retro fun reborn ... The gameplay is simple but brilliant fun ... Monkey Labour may well be our favourite new iPhone game."

"Dawn of Plays first universal application entitled Monkey Labour will instantly bring you back to 80's and help educated new gamers to the enjoyment of gameplay simplicity. ... Monkey Labour features simple but addictive gameplay mechanics that any gamer will quickly get, however mastering the game will prove harder to master."

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DawnOfPlay's comments:
UPDATE (July 2014):
Monkey Labour is now also available in German, French, Spanish and Italian!

More info:

Original post:

I would like to present to you a new iPhone/iPad game that we have just published on the App Store. The game is an 1980s handheld game reminiscence - a genre that has up until now been neglected on modern mobile devices. A lot of effort was invested into making the game look authentic both in gameplay as well as in appearance which can be seen on the game's homepage:

The game features simple gameplay but is hard to master - using just two control buttons, the player has to stoke an oven with lumber while his angry monkey boss throws obstacles his way. Fortunately, the creaky factory plumbing does provide some chance for retaliation as an overheating oven will send plumes of fire from the ceiling, enabling the player to scorch the monkey for extra points.. though risking the monkey's rage if it manages to evade the flames! We encourage players to score at least 1000 points in order to experience the game's full potential, though this is by no means the final target - the game gets increasingly faster and with Game Center integration, the player's ultimate goal is to set impressive high scores and earn achievements.

This release is the first of many quality releases for Dawn Of Play. Our goal is to go beyond the casual cutesy catch-all trend that seems to be dominating the mobile landscape and provide a gaming experience tailored to each product's potential customers. Monkey Labour is a good example of this - anyone who as an 80s kid has played handheld games will recognize the game type and decide whether they want the game or not.

Features at a glance:
- Universal app
- Perfect difficulty curve
- Impressive HD graphics (Retina support)
- Stunning AI: 10 unique monkey behaviours
- 3D engine with detailed 3D model of the handheld device
- Authentic 1980s look & feel including retro sound and graphics
- Game Center integration - achievements and leaderboards

I hope you like it.

Rok Jamnik
Dawn of Play
01-24-2011, 01:36 PM
About the gears....the gears are related to score and three gears are pretty hard to get. That's all I am going to say about the gears.

Glad you guys like our game. It means a lot.

Roll Back Home - a black and white adventure - by Dawn of Play, creators of Dream of Pixels (4.5).
01-27-2011, 12:35 PM
Joined: May 2010
Location: Valrico, FL
Posts: 310
For anyone who grew up on Tiger Electronics LCD games or Nintendo's Game and Watch series, this app captures that experience to a T. From the LCD shadows on the screen to the button layout to the "instruction book" directions, everything about this app is obviously designed by people who appreciate the history of video games. The gameplay is appropriately simple, move left and right to add logs to the fire and burn the rampaging gorilla. The character movements, the bleeps and bloops, the menu (which is recreated to look like the back shell of an LCD game) all feel directly out of 1986. Look elsewhere for explosions and particle effects - this is a simple game for those who want a trip back to a simpler time and I couldn't enjoy it more.

03-12-2011, 11:37 AM
Crazy LCD Effects Apple Patent Claim

Hey! I am the bearded guy in the video below and was informed that I am neglecting this forum. Apparently there are many lovers of retro technology here, so I was urged that I share this with you:

Youtube link | Pop Up
03-12-2011, 01:52 PM
Party Drive promotion

Hope you guys are having a laugh or two from our programmer. Now for the official announcement:

Our LCD handheld game Monkey Labour for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is getting a relaunch! That's why we're throwing a party, so us retro gamers can get our hands dirty with real old-school gameplay, beat each other up on the leaderboards, but mostly just have fun and enjoy chatting about the games we grew up with.

We're complimenting this with a special promotion to make the game free on the relaunch date, March 15. Read all about it in the promotions forum:

If you could help us spread the news to other fans of old-school technology, that would be awesome. Game webpage with a special party version is at:

Dawn of Play

Roll Back Home - a black and white adventure - by Dawn of Play, creators of Dream of Pixels (4.5).

Last edited by DawnOfPlay; 03-12-2011 at 02:37 PM. Reason: Inserted the invitation image
03-12-2011, 02:12 PM
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Washington D.C.
Posts: 3,138
Originally Posted by Retronator View Post
Hey! I am the bearded guy in the video below and was informed that I am neglecting this forum. Apparently there are many lovers of retro technology here, so I was urged that I share this with you:

YouTube: video

Great vid, man. Too funny...

"@ColeDaddy - My wallet hates you. That is all."
03-12-2011, 04:36 PM
Haha, thanks, glad I made you laugh.
03-12-2011, 04:43 PM
Question: Why a relaunch?
03-13-2011, 03:56 AM

Originally Posted by ArugulaZ View Post
Question: Why a relaunch?
Well, the Crazy LCD Effects you can see in the video, are for real.
So "update" just doesn't sound good enough to describe what we're really doing here.
03-13-2011, 04:59 AM
Joined: May 2010
Location: Deepest Circle, Hell
Posts: 6,530
Been a fan of Monkey Labour since the first version came out and I must say, I love the LCD effects. Can't wait to try 'em out! Also, Retronator/"The Bearded Guy" sir...ARE AWESOME! I MAKE FIRST, NOT YOU!

"I am virgin, I'm a whore! Giving nothing; the taker, the maker of war!" - Black Sabbath, "I"
03-13-2011, 09:49 AM
Metalcasket, and you sir, just made my day. So I take it you've seen the uncut and bloopers version? I went a little silly. BUT! I SHOW YOU, FROM MY HEART!

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